On April 24, National Geographic was recognized by the Webby Awards as the inaugural "Media Company of the Year." Announced annually since 1996, the Webby Awards recognize excellence in media, from website and social presence to video content and advertising. "National Geographic has set a high bar this year and we're thrilled to honor them with the inaugural Webby Media Company of the Year Award," says David-Michel Davies, CEO of the Webby Awards. "Spanning everything from machine learning and chatbots to virtual reality and social platforms, their award-winning creative contributions have leveraged the Internet in exciting new ways to deliver the larger-than-life content that National Geographic is best known for directly to fans around the world." Media Company of the Year awards are intended to recognize companies that have the most wins across editorial and branded content categories.
A drone camera films a herd of caribou as they migrate in Western Canada. The footage offers a unique look at the behavior of individuals within the herd. Flying cameras are giving biologists an all-encompassing view of migration that reveals how social interactions motivate the animals' every move. Ecologists Andrew Berdahl, a Santa Fe Institute fellow, Colin Torney of the University of Glasgow, and colleagues flew drones to capture footage of Dolphin and Union caribou, a Canadian herd, as the animals crossed from Victoria Island to the Canadian mainland in the last stage of their fall migration. Scientists have long pondered the dynamics of animal migrations, but they've had limited ways to study them.
A massive school of fish in the ocean forms a fascinating natural sight. But for sharks, they become breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A vacationer with a drone camera captured a scene fit for a horror movie: a group of sharks, also known as a shiver, feasting on a school of menhaden fish off the coast of New York's Hamptons, one of the most famous vacation spots in the United States. Gregory Skomal, a senior scientist with Massachusetts Marine Fisheries, says sharks often feed on large schools like this, even off popular vacation spots like the Hamptons. "Sharks' travel patterns in the area are well documented, and include regularly feeding on large schools of fish," he said.